Find yourself on The Intertwine today
Explore this short section of the Willamette River just upstream from the confluence of the Tualatin River to discover the beautiful and sensitive habitats on several secluded islands.
On the Columbia River near Washougal, the 1,049-acre Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge consists of floodplain, semi-permanent wetlands, cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures and remnant stands of Oregon white oak. Winter concentrations of geese may peak at several thousand birds. Herons forage year-round and frequent the refuge from a nearby nesting colony.
If you're looking for a quiet place to paddle without driving two hours to get there, the Whitaker Slough is a best bet here in Portland. Part of the larger Columbia Slough, a shallow, the Whitaker Slough is composed of six lakes, three ponds and 50 miles of waterways.
A great way to explore the North Portland Peninsula is by bike. A convenient starting point is the Rose Quarter Transit Center if you're coming from outside the downtown core. Head north on N Interstate to the first greenspace overlooking the rail yards near Overlook Park. The only real hill en route is on this first stretch.
Explore Lucia Falls Park on the east fork of Washington's Lewis River when the salmon return home to spawn.